Christmas Wine Tasting

PREVIOUS TASTINGS ARCHIVE – DECEMBER 2021

What a treat we have in store in our special Christmas tasting to round-off the year. Perfectly timed to whet your appetitie and provide inspiration for the festive season, our tasting features wines that Tom thinks would be ideal for the Christmas dinner table. There will be classics including Champagne, Cru Beaujolais and sweet Monbazillac, but we’re stretching the imagination with some intriguing and unusual beauties too.

How about a beautiful Pecorino from Italy, a crisp but more full-bodied wine that should be a star with seafood or smoked salmon for example, or if looking for a more large-scaled and robust red for your main course or hard cheeses, the excellent ‘Big Easy’ Bordeaux blend from Ernie Els in Stellenbosch. And while Port or Banyuls are classic matches for rich Christmas pudding, we’ll try something very different: a fortified Tannat from Uruguay, borrowing techniques from Marsala and infused with spices. The ultimate Christmas pudding wine?

We’ll consider all aspects of Christmas food and wine matching, for both traditional fare and for those planning an alternative Christmas meal. If Tom’s wine choices appeal, we’ve timed the tasting so you will have plenty of time to source these, or find similar wines.

What to expect

Tom’s tastings are always relaxed and inclusive, but packed with information and insight. For Christmas we will cover essential styles for the celebration: sparkling, white, red and sweet. Tom will explain some of the wine-matching opportunities and challenges presented by this once a year occasion, looking at aspects of the traditional roast dinner like richness, texture and flavour. If you are planning a non-tradtional Christmas meal, be that more red meat-based or a vegetarian alternative, we’ll cover that too.

The Wines
Gobbilard, Tradition Champagne (37.5cl, France)
C. Tombacco, Pecorino Archivo 2020 (Italy)
La Modonne, Fleurie 2020 (France)
Ernie Els, The Big Easy Red 2018 (South Africa)
Grange Neuve, Monbazillac 2017 (50cl, France)
Alcyone, Tannat Desert Wine (50cl, Uruguay)

Once you have bought your ticket for this tasting you will automatically be taken to the wine purchase page, allowing you to order them at the discounted price.

We look forward to welcoming you to this session.